Thomas McGurl, Superintendent
It is hard to believe we have completed the first half of the 2018-2019 school year. As I continue my journey serving as your Superintendent of Schools, I am ever amazed by the “Golden Opportunities” available to our students. It is very easy to take these opportunities our students have for granted. Having been involved with several other schools throughout my career, I can assure you that what we have in Granville is truly something special. Being able to offer college credit bearing courses, programs for advanced academic study, enrichment opportunities, technical training, and support services simultaneously, is not the norm in smaller rural schools. We accomplish this year after year by having the entire community dedicated to the importance of a quality education for our children. Our district is fortunate to have strong community support, with many businesses, organizations, and individuals bridging the gap between school and community. This partnership is essential for our continued growth and development.
Over the last year and a half, the Board of Education, administration, faculty and staff, and I, have worked diligently to place a keen focus on setting and achieving measurable goals in the areas of improving academic outcomes, district management, communication with stakeholders, and student safety. All of these are for one single purpose; to improve the students’ daily experience and increase their success post-graduation. This is an ongoing process, and great strides have been made thus far.
In the last year, we set out to build a very strong administrative team to support the teachers and staff, as well as students and parents. Both Granville Elementary School (GES) and Mary J. Tanner School (MJT) have talented principals in
Mrs. Talmadge and Mr. Morcone. The departments of Special Education, Technology, and Facilities are being led by Mrs. Clark, Mr. Randles, and Mr. Daigle respectively. Each bring a wealth of experience to our district. Mr. James Polunci has been serving as our Interim Principal since the fall of 2017. He has built a sense of community and purpose in our Jr./Sr. High School. Granville has greatly benefited from his time with us, but we must move to secure a permanent principal for the 2019-2020 school year.
We are currently accepting applications for the position of Jr./Sr. High School Principal, and will begin reviewing the applications in March. We anticipate following the same procedures we followed for the administrative positions at GES and MJT. Applications will be reviewed by faculty, staff, and administration. Initial candidates will undergo extensive reference checks and an initial round of interviews with three stakeholder panels. Panels will be comprised of faculty, staff, administration, parents, students, and community members. Should you be interested in serving on one of these panels, please feel free to contact my office. After the initial round of interviews, applicants will meet with me for another interview and discussion of their goals, outlook on education, and what experience they will bring to our community. The finalists from that group will then be interviewed by the Board of Education. As you can see, this is a time consuming process, but one that is essential to secure an educator who will lead the building well into the future.
My door is always open. Should you have questions, concerns, or simply wish to discuss a matter of importance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Superintendent of Schools